Edit to add: one of my readers correctly pointed out that this jig is fashioned after the one introduced by Rob Cosman some time ago. This one improves on the Cosman design, as it incorporates a stainless steel insert. How important is this feature? Please let me know. Thanks!
A few days ago I attended the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event hosted by the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild. I managed to make my wallet just a bit lighter, as I bought the wonderful 1/4-inch dowel center jig from Elkhead Tools, one of the demonstrators during the Event:
The next photo shows how the jig works: The dowel, in this case a 1/4-inch diameter dowel, is inserted into the cavity, and the end grain gets a perfectly-centered hole to accept either a 1/16″ nail, or a 1/16″ welding rod:
A box made with wooden hinges using the jig — this is the same box shown on the Elkhead web site. But this time it is held in the hands of Gary Benson, Owner:
Of course, it is also possible to use contrasting woods for the hinges:
As I use the new dowel center jig, I will shoot video to share on the blog. Please stand by!
Note 1: Someone asked me a few minutes after I bought the jig whether this means I will stop using the F3 finger joint template on the D4R. My reply was a quick NO! And it will remain so, as the F3 will be the workhorse for wooden hinges in my shop. But this new little jig will provide some variation in the boxes I make.
Note 2: I have no connection to Elkhead Tools; I am a paying customer only.
— Al Navas